The Council has announced the appointment of a contractor to deliver the significant £3.93m modern business unit development in Coed Ely – with the first works to begin on site later this month.
During October, the Council secured £2.58m funding from the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government, for this project – announced by the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles AM. It complements the separate £675,000 investments from Welsh Government and the Council to deliver this project. The Local Authority is leading on delivering its development.
The scheme will see a 30,000 sq ft business unit with offices built on a 2.15-acre plot on the Middle Plateau of the Coed Ely colliery site. Owned by Welsh Government, the land is identified for development in the Local Development Plan – with its potential to bring a significant economic boost to the local area.
The Council has today (November 5) announced the appointment of construction company John Weaver Contractors to complete the technical design and build the modern business unit.
Councillor Robert Bevan
The building’s design will be a sustainable low-carbon building, which will achieve a positive rating under the recognised BREEAM assessment criteria. The contractor begins work on site to deliver this scheme during November 2019. The work is scheduled for completion during autumn 2020.
The project will help develop much-needed modern business accommodation in Coed Ely, to complement the ongoing investment in the A4119 Corridor and Rhondda Gateway – identified by RCT Cabinet Members as a Strategic Opportunity Area with large potential for economic growth and development.
Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles AM, who is responsible for EU funding in Wales, said: “I’m delighted to see John Weaver Contractors appointed to begin work on this development, which supports the Welsh Government’s commitment to making Wales a more prosperous and secure place to live and work.
“EU funds are making a difference to the everyday lives of people living in Wales, and this project will attract new businesses along with newlong-term secure employment to Rhondda Cynon Taf, and help to future-proof the regional economy in very real terms.”
Deputy Minister for Economy and Transport, Lee Waters AM, added: “Improving employment prospects closer to where people live in the Valleys is a critical part of the work of the Valleys Taskforce. This project, located within the Task Force area, will create opportunities and secure lasting economic change for communities in a region with real potential.
“It will also contribute to the goals of the Well being of Future Generations Act through sustainable development and I look forward to seeing work progress.”
Councillor Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Enterprise, Development and Housing, said: “I’m very pleased that the Council has appointed John Weaver Contractors to deliver this important work in Coed Ely – following the confirmation during October 2019 of £2.58m funding for this scheme from the European Regional Development Fund, through the Welsh Government.
“I recently visited the former colliery site, which is such a vast space now being utilised for development by Welsh Government – with the Council’s modern business unit scheme right at the centre of it.
“This is an excellent opportunity for the Council, with significant contributions from the EU and Welsh Government, to revitalise unused land in a strategic location – encouraging business and economic development in the Rhondda Gateway region. The site is accessible via the A4119, and the section directly adjacent to it, from Coedely to Ynysmaerdy, is being dualled in a future financial year. This commitment from the Council will help greatly increase accessibility and traffic flow at peak times in this busy commuter area.
“I’m looking forward to seeing works get underway in the near future, with the site set to be transformed throughout 2020 for completion later in the year. The Council will work very closely with its appointed contractor, and Welsh Government, in leading on this very exciting project over the coming months.”
Terry Edwards, Managing Director of John Weavers Contractors, added: “We are thrilled to be appointed as the design and build contractor of choice for the Coed Ely Development, and we look forward to building on our strong working relationship with our client, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council, and their joint venture partners, the Welsh Government.
“It’s great to see the rebirth of investment confidence being shown within the South Wales valleys, and we are very pleased to be a part of it.”
Posted on Tuesday 5th November 2019